Rome - ENAV (the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented the first edition of the Italian National Airspace Strategy.

Air travel is set to grow 50% across Europe over the next 20 years. The goal of the air traffic management (ATM) network in Italy is to service this demand. Airlines and ENAV have joined forces to continue the ongoing modernization of the network, while ensuring safety, improving environmental performance, and reducing costs and delays.

Successful airspace and ATM modernization is expected to create significant benefits for Italy, including an extra €27 billion in annual GDP and 95,000 new jobs by 2035.

The Italian National Airspace Strategy initiative was jointly developed by IATA and ENAV with the collaboration of Alitalia and Assaeroporti. The strategy includes a range of initiatives on airspace modernization jointly agreed by key air transport participants. This will ensure continuous evolution of the Italian aviation system and contribute to the national economy, as well as the efficiency of the European and global air transport system.

ENAV has airspace modernization at the heart of its activities. Free Route Airspace is already a reality in Italian airspace, reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and costs. The company is one of the best in Europe for on-time performance.

Roberta Neri, ENAV CEO stated: “Customers are at the center of our activities and we highly value this cooperation with IATA, Alitalia and Assaeroporti to support the safe and efficient growth of the air transport sector in Italy, providing benefits to passengers and the overall economy while creating value for all stakeholders involved. I firmly believe that this initiative is just a starting point and will attract additional airlines, airports and aviation actors. Under the steering and oversight of the national authorities and our Regulator, ENAC, we can work together to ensure the long-term success of the aviation system in Italy”.

Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe, said, “Italy is a vital and popular air transport market—the fourth biggest in Europe—so planning for the future is crucial. Our research shows that air traffic management performance is critical to improve the growth and efficiency of the economy. ENAV’s leadership in working with airlines and airports on an Italian National Airspace Strategy is therefore hugely significant. Our close partnership with ENAV will ensure that Italian airspace is optimized, bringing substantial economic benefits to the country.”

Valentina Lener, Director General of Assaeroporti, said, “The Italian Airports Association has positively welcomed the initiative launched by IATA and ENAV, being aware of the importance of implementing a strategy for Italian airspace modernization as an enabler to face the important challenges that the sector will have to deal with in the coming years, including the capacity saturation of airspace and airport infrastructure. Airports will be an essential part of this strategy, taking into account their role in managing national and international passengers and freight traffic flows. The adoption of modernization measures is certainly a fundamental step to promote the competitiveness of the whole sector.”

Alessandro Cardi, Deputy Director General of ENAC, said, “ENAC is looking at this initiative very positively and is in favour of any agreements that derive from it. The shortage of capacity experienced this summer is a warning that puts in perspective the need for activities to be brought forward by all the actors of aviation system. In the near future the aviation system will need to deliver more and more capacity and this will only be possible if a high level of cooperation between air service providers, carriers, and airport operators is established. ENAC will support any initiative able to realize such cooperation.”

The Italian National Airspace Strategy covers:

  • The strategic direction for the future of ATM in Italy
  • Airspace modernization initiatives to support safety, capacity and efficient routes that reduce fuel burn, journey time and improve environmental performance
  • ATM systems development covering ground and airborne equipment
  • Consultation and cooperation with Italian aviation stakeholders
  • Cooperation with European partners to accelerate the achievement of Single European Sky (SES) goals

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Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.
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  • ENAV is the Italian air navigation service provider, ensuring safety and reliability 24/7 for the 1.8 million flights we handle yearly from the control towers of 45 airports and 4 Area control centers. With a workforce of 4,200, ENAV provides air navigation services to its numerous customers, the airlines that fly over Italian airspace.
  • Long considered among the European "big five" for operating performance and innovation, ENAV is a key part of the international Air Traffic Management system. R&D is essential to ENAV, which is why we work with national and international control bodies in the sector. We are also a major player in the development of the Single European Sky, which is a program that aims to harmonize air traffic management throughout the European Union, in order to strengthen continental air transportation safety and efficiency.